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Living the Adventuress Life: Orchids, the Caribbean, Mount Vernon, Graffiti and Cooking in Thailand.
September 13, 2016
Dear VIA (Very Important Adventuress)

Welcome to another edition of Living the Adventuress Life, the e-zine from In this issue, we have several new adventures to share with you: Orchids in Ecuador, a Caribbean adventure, Mount Venon, graffiti in Colombia, and learning to cook in Thailand. You’ll also learn what our favorite chocolate-hunter is up to in her world travels.

True Tales

Four great new features have been published since you last received Living the Adventuress Life.

In Chasing the World-Famous Orchids of Ecuador Carolyn visits Ecuagenera, an amazing orchid farm in the valley of Gualaceo, high up in the Ecuadorean Andes.

To read all about it, CLICK HERE for this feature article, complete with colorful photography.

Sometimes it’s fun to run away from home. That’s what Carol did with a group of girlfriends on a cruise the the Caribbean.

“We flew to Fort Lauderdale, Florida,” Carol says, “where we trooped onto the ship dragging suitcases with way too many clothes.”

To learn how Caro and her friends fared on their “run away” adventure, CLICK HERE

Virginia, on the other hand, ran away closer to home. She traveled with a friend to Mount Vernon, George Washington’s historic plantation home. And she tells you her favorite way to get there (hint: there are 3!) and shares interesting pictures of this present-day national park.

Read all about Virginia’s adventure HERE.

Meanwhile, Sylvia chased down graffiti in Bogota, Colombia. After teaching for ten months at a private language school in Cuenca, Ecuador, she was ready for an adventure.

A two-week vacation in Colombia, where she found an actual tour of graffiti, was her last fling before returning to the United States.

To read about Sylvia’s Bogota Graffiti Tour and see some fabulous street art, , CLICK HERE.

It’s Hot & Spicy in Chang Mai

Your editor and chief adventuress learns to prepare Thai dishes at the Sompet Thai Cookery School in Chiang Mai.

Here’s her new favorite recipe: Gai Phad Krapao (Chicken With Holy Basil and Green Beans)


200g chicken, minced or finely chopped 2 T. vegetable oil 1 clove garlic, finely chopped 1 tsp. fresh chilies, chopped 1 tsp. sugar 1 T. fish sauce ½ cup green beans, chopped ½ cup fresh holy basil leaves (you can use “regular” basil) 2-3 T chicken stock

HOW TO COOK 1. Heat oil in a wok and stir-fry garlic over medium heat until golden. 2. Add chicken and cook for 20 seconds. 3. Ddd chilies and stir-fry for several minutes. Stir in sugar and fish sauce and continue frying until chicken is cooked and tender. 4. Add a little water if gravy looks like it is boiling dry or becoming too oily. 5. Add beans and chicken stock.

Taste to see if extra sugar or fish sauce is needed. Remove from heat and stir basil leaves through mixtures. Serve with rice.

CLICK HERE to read more about Thai Cooking.

What is she doing now?

Our favorite Chocolate adventuress and wizard of words, Doreen Pendgracs, has been (in quest of superb chocolate, naturally!) to the Unesco World Heritage site of the pre-Hispanic town of Uxmal near Merida, on Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula. CLICK HERE to learn more about Doreen’s latest travel journey.

Travel Quote of the month

“I have found out that there ain’t no surer way to find out whether you like people or hate them than to travel with them.” – Mark Twain

Have you had a memorable adventure you’d like to share?

We welcome your travel stories from home and around the world.

You don’t have to be a "professional writer" to submit a story. A breezy, letter-home-to-your-best-friend approach suits us just fine, with a few facts thrown in, of course. 

We like your personal observations, how you felt about the place, what you ate, your most embarrassing moment, etc. CLICK HERE to learn more about the perfect length of your essay, and how to submit photos along with it.

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Happy travels!


—Carolyn V. Hamilton, Editor and Chief Adventuress

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